Humbug Mountain Trail

Curry County, Oregon

Distance3.9mi
Elevation Gain575ft
Trailhead Elevation714ft
Top903ft
Elevation Min/Max704/903ft
Elevation Start/End714/714ft

Humbug Mountain Trail

Humbug Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Curry County, Oregon. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 714 feet altitude. Humbug Mountain (elevation 1,670 feet) can be seen along the trail.

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Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"In spring, wildflowers brighten the trailside and the creeks are raucous. In autumn, fallen bay leaves crunch underfoot, sending their spicy fragrance into the air. There is no season when the hike up Humbug Mountain isn't appealing. But don't expect good whale-watching from the top; you will be much too high to see any detail in the ocean vista spread below you." Read more
Day Hiking Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"The main function of this trail is to get long-distance hikers off US Highway 101; and given its primary function as an OCT link. Day hikers can enjoy a pleasant and vigorous 1.8-mile loop hike by taking the steep 0.4 mile trail, heading east on what is called the interpretive "Fern Trail" section to the trailhead near the campground." Read more
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"In spring, wildflowers brighten the trailside and the creeks are raucous. In autumn, fallen bay leaves crunch underfoot, sending their spicy fragrance into the air. There’s no season—save, perhaps, during a winter sou’wester—when the hike up Humbug Mountain isn’t appealing. But don’t expect good whale-watching from the top (as one pair of hikers we encountered did); you’ll be much too high to see any detail in the ocean vista spread below you from the 1750-foot summit meadow." Read more
Bicycling the Pacific Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"Saving the best for last, the Oregon Coast section of your tour ends with breathtaking scenery: long, sandy beaches, rocks carved into graceful arches, jagged sea stacks, and sheer cliffs. US 101 is etched on hillsides that drop nearly straight to the ocean. These wind-blasted hillsides are dotted with viewpoints, parks, and beach accesses. Highly recommended stops are Arch Rock, Thunder Rock Cove, Natural Bridges Cove, Whalehead Beach, and Harris Beach State Park. In late spring and early summer, flower-lovers should not miss Azalea State Park, in Brookings." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Ellen Morris Bishop
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"This broad, gentle path follows the abandoned Old Coast Highway from Humbug Mountain north toward Port Orford. Bicyclists are attracted by the fact that this trail is a former road, so watch for zippy mountain and road bikes. Yet the route does offer seclusion from crowds, as well as beautiful views of the south-curving reach of shoreline below and Humbug Mountain serving as an exclamation point in the distance. There is no water along this hike after the first 0.2 mile from the trailhead, so, as always, carry extra for your dog. The stretches of remnant pavement can be very hot on dog paws, so provide opportunities for occasional shady rest stops if you hike this trail on a sunny day. From the trailhead, the Old Coast Highway heads gently uphill into a cool, leafy tunnel of bigleaf maple, alder, and spruce, passing once barren road cuts now bristling with mosses and sword ferns. The pavement here is intact, right down to the fading centerline. The path remains at least partly pavement throughout the hike." Read more
Day Hiking: Oregon Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Bonnie Henderson
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"The main function of this trail is to get long-distance hikers off US 101. Campground campers or US 101 travelers might particularly consider the southern section for a short, pleasant, out-and-back forest day hike." Read more
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"A massive headland rising above the Pacific Ocean, featuring a lush old-growth forest and an interesting history. There is parking for around 25 to 30 cars, along with numerous campsites, water, and other amenities just across the road at Humbug Mountain State Park. The old-growth forest is so thick on this headland above the Pacific Ocean that you half expect to see dinosaurs peeking their heads out between the myrtlewood, maple, and Douglas-fir trees that highlight a looping trail culminating in a 1,761-foot summit. (The trail starts nearly at sea level.) Oddly, while Humbug Mountain dominates the South Coast for miles around, the trail offers few views of the Pacific." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Ellen Morris Bishop
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"The 2.9-mile walk to the top of Humbug Mountain (1756 feet) is more a pilgrimage than a hike" Read more

Humbug Mountain Trail Reviews

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5/31/2018
This trail is 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles down. It’s all old growth timber and the trail is usually well maintained. This particular trail has several view points along the way but disappointing visuals at the top. It’s all about the journey here, not the destination. Great workout.
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8/14/2008
Good excercise, but very disappointing to find almost no views along the trail. Even the top was obstructed
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5/26/2007
I have driven by this peak and have seen the trailhead only 1/2 mile from the ocean many times. I had limited time but decided to make the climb. I blitzed quickly up the path... don't think about taking any shortcuts it is very thick brush and steep loose small rock-gravel like... I know I tried. Stay on the trail and it will quickly take you to the top. It is a beautiful journey with good trail all the way...absolutely beautiful foilage and small water falls. About half way up you have option of taking the quicker more direct route or the longer less direct route... I took the short route 1.5 mile's vs 2.0 miles. There were many places I came to where trees were laying over the pack and you had to hike around or under them. Not a big deal but just keep that in mind. There are a few place where you have magnificent views of the ocean... stop and enjoy them because the view from the top is not nearly as good. If you take a leisurely pace it will take you 3 hours or so to complete. since I was in a hurry I pushed it... 49 minutes up and then I ran down and it took 32 minutes. Great hike that I do recommend. I would have rated higher if the views were a little bit more clear and if the trail was a bit better maintained. Happy HIking...Web
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9/13/2005
Great hike for getting exercise. The vistas were few and obstructed. Stay safe, stay on the trail.
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Trail Information

Curry County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Hiking, Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Humbug Mountain State Park: (541) 332-6774
Local Contacts
USGS Port Orford
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018